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Custer's Tori Glazier holds off STM 8th grader Haleigh Timmer as Chamberlain' Ella Byers finished 3rd in a hotly contested 800 meters at the South Dakota Class A state track meet

Haleigh Timmer impressive as STM ties for Class A title
Jun 1, 2017

By Rich Winter

Well, the 2017 track season is in the books and I gotta say, I'm already looking forward to the Class A girls cross-country scene next fall. 


Now, normally, I'm a west-river guy, but I gotta say Round 1 kinda went to East River as Beresford's Cait Savey won the 3200 on Friday with an impressive effort of 11:14 to just edge Hill City's Karley Simmons who was coming hard and finished in 11:17.


Third in that race was Dakota Valley's Marissa Schulz (11:33) who doubled back nicely on Saturday, winning the 1600 with a 5:06 to claim that race against the who's who of Class A distance running in close proximity.


Shulz put a cap on a magnificent career and really battled back in this her senior year to back up that 3200 title in 2015.


But, all that aside, I gotta say, folks had better be on the lookout for soon-to-be, St. Thomas More 9th-grader, Haleigh Timmer. 


Gotta admit the state cross champ from 2016 popped up on my radar at the Pierre meet in early May. Young lady ran a great leg on the 4 x 800 and then dusted off a 26.1 200 and low 58 400 meters.


While Timmer never ventured up to the 1600 this year, her performances at 400 and 800 meters suggest that when she's ready to tackle the longer distances, folks had better be prepared for what this youngster appears ready to do. 


Wanna take folks back to the 800 meters on Friday afternoon. 

Custer's Glazier, the four-tiime state champ in the event, made her typical run at the front and put some distance between herself and Timmer and Chamberlain's Ella Byers on the second lap. 


But, as the trio hit the stretch with Glazier holding a 5 meter advantage, Timmer put it in another gear.


Down the stretch they came with Byers in hot pursuit. Timmer closed but Glazier fought her off by .04 to win her 5th consecutive 800 meter title. 


The Times:

Glazier - 2:14.25

Timmer - 2:14.29

Byers - 2:15.68.


Am accompanying a second photo with this article on the Facebook page and it shows that moments after that most furious run down the stretch, Timmer put her arm around Glazier and comforted her competitior as the pair tried to recover from one of the greatest Class A 800 meter events in South Dakota history.


That is great stuff and terrific sportsmanship from a very young lady. To have that kind of mindset at such an early age bodes well for what lies in store for this young lady. 


Timmer ran a monster leg on the More 4 x 800 to break that race open and give anchor, Kaci Cooper, 5th in the open 800, enough of a lead to hold off an incredibly hard charging Glazier. 


On Saturday, Timmer finished 2nd in the 400, 57.7, trailing only the meet record from Todd County 8th-grader Caelyn Valandra-Prue.


Timmer also ran a scorcher on the 4 x 400 squad that was DQ'd in the finals.


After the dust had settled, More and Madison tied for the team title with 64 points while Custer settled for third with 63.


The Class A girls cross field will be loaded next fall with Timmer, Glazier, Byers, Hohn, Cooper, Simmons and Maddie Lavin along with Custer's Mallory Delmont and Winner's Sidda Schuyler.


Let the off-season training begin.....


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